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Old 07-07-2011, 02:15 AM   #1
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I've not made a Lager before, but I have 20 litres brewing in the spare room. Fermentation is ridiculously erratic - airlock bubbles are uncountable, and when opened, the beer is "fizzing" and moving like hot lava. I shouldn't have a problem with overflow because I've got plenty of headroom in the bucket.

Is this totally normal? Don't wanna ruin the carpets, you see

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Old 07-07-2011, 02:20 AM   #2
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I haven't yet brewed with lager yeast, but violent and turbulent fermentations are common with ale yeast. Lots of swirling and churning. With ale, you might need a blowoff tube during high krausen. With a lager being a bottom fermenter, I'm guessing you're fine if you have enough head space in the fermentor.

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what temperature are you fermenting at? and what type of lager yeast are you using. Usually they are fermented cooler than normal ambient temperatures

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